Submissions open on Kohukohu wastewater treatment consent

Published on 09 August 2022

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Far North District Council is encouraging Kohukohu and Hokianga residents to have their say on an application to renew resource consent for its Kohukohu wastewater treatment plant.

The application will be notified under the Resource Management Act (RMA) by Northland Regional Council (NRC) on Wednesday 10 August. The public then has 20 working days to make a submission on the renewal application.

The Kohukohu wastewater treatment plant is located 1km south of the Kohukohu township. It currently services 76 properties and processes approximately 40 cubic metres of wastewater each day. Unlike other wastewater treatment plants in the Far North, Kohukohu’s wastewater undergoes primary treatment in septic tanks on individual properties and the plant only treats the liquid component of wastewater. 

The Kohukohu wastewater treatment plant is managed by three consents; one is for odour to air and the others are for seepage from the bottom of the treatment ponds and discharge of treated wastewater into the Hokianga Harbour.

The resource consent renewal application can be viewed on the NRC website or at its Waipapa and Whangārei offices. The application is also available at Far North District Council’s Rāwene and Kaikohe service centres and at the Hokianga i-SITE. The renewal application includes an assessment of environmental effects.

To read the consent renewal application and to make a submission, go to the NRC website. Submissions can also be posted to NRC Private Bag 9021, Te Mai, Whangārei 0143, or emailed to info@nrc.govt.nz. Under the RMA, submissions must also be forwarded to the applicant (Far North District Council) and can be emailed to submissions@fndc.govt.nz.

To find out more about the Kohukohu wastewater treatment plant, go to the FNDC website